instead all I’m smelling right now is burnt out brain cells…

NaNoWriMo Day 1

I just love Debbie Ridpath Ohi’s Inkygirl comics. What’s even better? She’s Canadian – from Toronto!

Daily NaNo Wordcount Report

Anyway, on to my NaNo report. I made it through the first day with a wordcount of 2074. Woot. Only 29 days and 47926 words to go. Yikes.


I promised you some pictures of the Collingwood area where I spent last week. It really was beautiful, though most of the leaves were down, though it seemed the trees that had yellow leaves were clinging stubbornly to their leaves.

When the frost is on the pumpkin, and the tang of burning leaves is in the air …

That was a line from a play I was in when I was in high school. I wish I knew what the play was called now, or who wrote it, but that line has always stayed with me. And it came to mind time and time again while I was visiting Collingwood’s Blue Mountain village.

That’s one of the ski hills off in the distance. I imagine that by the end of this month, everything will be completely white.

Gizmo Guy pointed this out – do you see it?
Yes, the birdhouse is a tiny replica of the firehouse (which is really a pizza restaurant).
All along the shore of the pond, there are birdhouses that miniatures of the stores and buildings on the opposite side.
Like this one …

is just like this restaurant …
These were all taken in the Blue Mountain Village – Blue Mountain is a ski resort, similar to Quebec’s Mount Tremblant that Gizmo Guy and I visited back in July. Isn’t it strange how two non-skiers keep ending up vacationing at ski resorts?
Here are some more beautiful colors – we only found such pretty colors inside the village. Once you got out into the open most of the trees had already lost their leaves unfortunately.

In amongst those rocks you might be able to see a teepee-like shape – it’s a fire cage. (that foggy looking stuff in the front is the smoke from the fire.) They’re burning hardwoods and birches and the whole village smells wonderfully like fall …
Well, that’s enough photos for today … I’ll post more over the coming month. And compare them with Mt. Tremblant. And in the meantime, I’ll be slaving over my Mac, and my new Write or Die desktop program. Don’t forget to drop by on Wednesday – my guest is Erin Nicholas, and she’s having a contest …
I love the smell of burning leaves …
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3 thoughts on “I love the smell of burning leaves …

  • November 2, 2009 at 11:13 am

    Thanks for the gorgeous photos, Leah! Happy writing! šŸ˜€

  • November 2, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    Gorgeous scenery!

  • November 3, 2009 at 7:38 am

    I love that cartoon. And I wish I was writing for Nano in the yellow place by the water!

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